Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend I.Alizade / Forgiving prisoners who have committed a crime and releasing them from prison to live a normal life demonstrates the development of Azerbaijan in line with humanitarianism principles. These words were sounded by MP Mehriban Aliyeva, the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, during the discussions on the Amnesty Act at a meeting of the Milli Majlis [Azerbaijan Parliament] on 8 May.
MP Aliyeva introduced to the Parliament an Amnesty Act in connection with the 84th birthday of ex-Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev.
In her remarks MP Aliyeva noted the importance of developing the bill. Within this proposal, the First Lady stipulated the people who had committed crimes and were serving their imprisonment sentence and returning them to their families to lead a normal life.
"We release these convicted prisoners to lead a normal life and by doing so we demonstrate to the world the development of Azerbaijan in line with principles of humanitarianism. It is necessary to resolve the most serious problems of society with the sense of humanity and charity. The civil society is a society in which all kinds of freedom and superiority of laws exist, where citizens are active and there is unity and solidarity. It is one of the important principles in the formation of the civil society," she stressed.
The President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation added that the Great Azerbaijani Leader made every effort to establish such a society. "Heydar Aliyev was keen to see Azerbaijan as an independent, powerful and prosperous country," MP Aliyeva emphasized. The First Lady added that at present Azerbaijan is developing in the right direction. She voiced her hope that other MPs will support the Amnesty Act, dedicated to Heydar Aliyev's memory.
Oktay Asadov, the Chairman of the Parliament, stated Parliament's intention for approximately 45 MPs to report on the draft law.
The discussions at Milli Majlis are in progress.